Chapter 1 Deconstructing a scientific paper

A scientific paper consists of many pieces, traditionally, at least in psychology, some regular components are:

  • A title page
    • Containing authors and their affiliation(s), addresses and some other stuff
  • An abstract with some keywords
  • The introduction to the paper
  • A section on methods
  • The results
    • Often containing Tables and Figures in the main body, or added after references
  • A discussion section
  • And finally, references to other scientific articles cited in the paper